Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a block of flats on Howard Road in Stoke Newington this evening. A storage area on the fifth floor was badly damaged by the blaze.
Residents living in the block received fire survival guidance from 999 Control officers until crews arrived. When they got to the scene firefighters told three adults and two children to stay put as they were safer inside their flats while they tackled the blaze.
Around 25 people self evacuated before fire crews arrived.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different. Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire – a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time. If there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home you're usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you.”
“If you leave your flat you could be rushing into choking smoke, the fire itself or firefighters using equipment to bring the fire under control in another part of the building.”
The Brigade was called at 2016 and the fire was under control by 2158. Firefighters from Stoke Newington and surrounding fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
If you live in a high rise or purpose built block of flats you can find more information about what to do in the event of a fire by visiting www.knowtheplan.co.uk.